September 2011

Meeting Notes

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed meet the first Wednesday of every second month.
You are welcome to join us.

Mission: To protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed.

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Friends of Tod Creek Watershed
Meeting Agenda
September 7, 2011
Mission: to protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed
1. Conservation Connections – Friday September 30, Royal Roads University, Mews Conference Center  The Habitat Conservation Trust is organizing Conservation Connections and members of nonprofit groups are able to sign up for $30 (includes refreshments and lunch) on the Royal Roads University website. Session topics include Collaboration between local Governments and Non Profits, Volunteer management, Nature Walk with Andy McKinnon, Non Profit Funding Strategies, Grant application Workshop and the closing keynote with Bob McDonald of Quirks and Quarks.  The full program and link to registration may be found at  Audrey and Winona plan to attend and we will also set up a display. Contact Winona if you would like to carpool.

2. Website -Thank you to Dave for many hours of work in restoring our website

3. World Rivers Day –Sunday September 25, we will meet at Whitehead Park at 9:00am for a paddle around the lake. Please contact Winona if you can offer a canoe, kayak, rowboat or any other kind of paddle boat or if you need a boat or ride. Please bring a lifejacket.

4. BC Lake Stewardship Society- Secchi Dip in, Lake Stewardship Course – Winona and Sherron completed the secchi disc measurement on July 11 and results have been submitted to the BC Lake Stewardship Society. Woody and Winona will be attending the Lake Keepers Course in Nanaimo on September 26 and 27.  The BC Lake Stewardship Society was able to offer this course free of charge with provincial government funding

5. Prospect Lake Access Survey – September 11 is the closing date for the Lake Access Survey. The limited scope and leading questions are a concern for the validity of the results.

6. Invasive Species Removal –Eastlake and Whitehead Park update. A layer of mulch has been spread over the upper slope at Eastlake and Sandy Munns has been working with Cory Manton to develop a planting plan to stabilize the bank. Planting is planned for the fall when there is more moisture. A load of mulch has also been delivered to the east side of Whitehead Park. Blackberry shoots must be removed before the mulch is spread. An article has been submitted to the Prospector on the restoration activities and one will be prepared for the Saanich Pulling Together newsletter.

7. Prospect Lake Heritage Society – IDEA Grant, interviews, INTO Conference –The Heritage Society has received a $1,000 grant to develop a book featuring photographs and stories from Prospect Lake history. We are conducting interviews with long time residents and researching other sources.  Sherron and Winona interviewed George Lohr and Lori has completed a second interview with Pat Durrance. The Heritage Society has submitted an article to the Prospector featuring a photo and story from George. Winona is working with Heritage Canada and The Land Conservancy to organize an International Heritage Conference to be held in Victoria October 12 -15.  Please let Winona know if you would like to volunteer to help with Heritage field trips on Friday October 14

8. Development Application 4908 Prospect Ave – Plans have been submitted to Saanich for a house to be built on the vacant lot on Prospect Ave. The proposed site plan was circulated with the August PLDCA bulletin

9.  Sustainable Saanich –  Presentations at Saanich Municipal Hall, September 10, 10:00am -12:30          Session 1: Heritage Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction in Saanich  -Balancing heritage value with energy efficient targets
Session 2 The Past is Present: the story of a community told through its buildings

10.  Pulling Together Program – Workshop Saturday October 15 – All Pulling Together volunteers are invited to attend the annual volunteer recognition event at the Cedar Hill Golf Course Clubhouse. Botanist Matt Fairbarns will speak about invasive grasses and restoration work around the golf course will be featured

11. Evergreen Grant Application – A grant application for $2,000 has been submitted for the Fido –Evergreen Quick Start program. The proposal is for funding to support the development of a replanting plan for the east side of Whitehead Park and to purchase native plants for the restoration project. Cory Manton has provided a wonderful letter of support for the request.

12. Canada Goose Survey, Bluebird Nesting Project – Monthly monitoring of Canada Geese continues at the Tod Flats, the Prospect Lake Golf Course and four other locations around Prospect Lake.  Thanks to Audrey, Sherron, Pat and Sheilah for working on this project. Audrey and Mary met with Dawn Fizzard to assess possible locations for Western Blue Bird nesting boxes. The Tod Flats provides a suitable habitat

13.  Next Meeting: Wednesday November 9, 7:30.


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